Don Tei Restaurant by Lee’s Interior Design, Taipei – Taiwan

December 16th, 2015 by retail design blog

The space is based on the concept of tea – at the core is the Wabi-sabi (crepresents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection) of “Zen”.


Simplicity is emphasized within complexity, keeping the original representation of everything. Upon entering the store, patrons are greeted with a large and generous 40-meter glass and sunlight, allowing the ever-changing and warm refractions. The building has gone through 50 years of history, the remaining concrete material provides for the sharp cold contrast.


The fragrant wooden floor expresses a warm but dying beauty. The staggered contrast and the remaining markings from the materials, the Wabi-sabi stresses the esthetic attitude towards the dying life and fleeting instant loneliness towards the stares of imperfections. Its staggered and complicated dramatics mixed with simple and unpretentious warmth. The image and spirituality expressed by the lines in the space and the materials hope to create a space that would allow calm and tranquility in people and let them see the pure emotional beauty that’s been given by the simple value.

Photography: Kelvin Ku
Design: Lee’s Interior Design Inc. / Ivy Lee / Xena Lan / Zia Tung

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